A progressive group is demanding Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) resign from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
According to The Hill, Demand Justice is calling on the California senator to abdicate her role as the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel after her performance at this week’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Apparently, Demand Justice believes that Feinstein hasn’t done enough to stop President Donald Trump’s latest SCOTUS nominee from being confirmed — despite the few legal options that Feinstein and her fellow Dems had.
Feinstein under fire
But the facts just aren’t enough to stop rabid progressives from eating their own.
As The Hill reported, Demand Justice’s executive director, Brian Fallon, has urged Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to “get their act together” — a feat he says can’t be achieved with Feinstein at the helm.
“If Senate Democrats are going to get their act together on the courts going forward, they cannot be led by someone who treats Sunrise activists with contempt and the Republican theft of a Supreme Court seat with kid gloves,” he said, according to The Hill.
Fallon went on to accuse Feinstein of undercutting “Democrats’ position at every step of this process,” The Hill reported.
“It’s time for Sen. Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” he said. “If she won’t, her colleagues need to intervene.”
Feinstein fights back
Feinstein, for her part, has defended herself from demands that she step down, and she released a statement Thursday promising to vote against Barrett’s confirmation, according to The Hill.
“The Senate is structured so the majority had absolute control over this process,” she wrote Thursday, as The Hill reported. “When Republicans signaled they’d move ahead in the face of all objections, the only thing we could do was show this nominee would radically alter the court, and we accomplished that.”
But it seems progressives aren’t satisfied — and they’re showing signs that those who were once top figures in the Democratic Party have overstayed their welcome on Capitol Hill.
Could the likes of Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi be headed out the door? Only time will tell.